Changing Welfare States
Domain:
Social and Political Sciences
Commissioning Editor:
Saskia Gieling
Editors:
Gosta Esping-Andersen, University of Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain; Brian Burgoon, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Anton Hemerijck, VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Barbara Vis, VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Kimberly Morgan, George Washington University, Washington, USA; Herman van der Werfhorst, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Geographical scope:
Northern Europe; North America
Chronological scope:
19th to 21st centuries

A key finding and theoretical puzzle in comparative welfare state research has been the remarkable stability of welfare states. Recently, however, it has become clear that advanced welfare states were (far) less immoveable than they seemed at first. In fact, speaking of changing welfare states captures much better the actual reforms that were taking place.
This series Changing Welfare States is about the trajectories of those changes. Have there been pathbreaking welfare innovations or are the changes incremental instead? Are welfare states moving in a similar or even convergent direction, or are they embarking on divergent trajectories of change? What new policies have been added, by which kind of political actors, how, and with what consequences for competitiveness, employment, income equality and poverty, gender relations, human capital formation, or fiscal sustainability? What is the role of the European Union in shaping national welfare state reform?
This series answers these and related questions by studying the socioeconomic, institutional and political conditions for welfare state change, its governance, and its outcomes across a diverse set of policy areas. The policy areas can address traditional ?old? social risks like old age, unemployment, sickness (including the health care system), disability and poverty and inequality in general, or ?new? social risks that have arisen mainly due to post-industrialization, such as reconciling work and family life, non-standard employment, and low and inadequate skills. In addition to focusing on the welfare state more narrowly defined, the series also welcomes publication on related areas, such as the housing market. The overriding objective of the series is tracing and explaining the full trajectories of contemporary welfare state change and its outcomes.

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